After wc flop, yulo resumes olympic buildup

The Filipino world champion returned to Japan yesterday to participate in training camps with the best gymnasts in the country.

Yulo  set aside his lackluster performances in the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) Apparatus World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan a few days ago as he gears up for his Olympics preparations.

"No [concerns at all for the Tokyo Olympics]. He's still training hard as he is already qualified," said Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) president Cynthia Carrion in an interview with Rappler.

"He is studying his competitors from other countries. In the Olympics, he'll do the individual all-around," she added.

Yulo actually skipped his favorite floor exercise event where he also won the gold
in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

The 4-foot-9 standout failed to advance to the parallel bars and vault finals of both events as only the top  gymnasts make it through.

After placing 26th in the parallel bars with a score of 11.9, Yulo fell to 14th in the vault due to a bad landing that only merited him a total score of 13.916.

The organizers canceled the final events yesterday due to the COVID-19 concerns.

Other Filipinos in the competition were Jan Timbang, who placed 28th in the men's floor exercises and 21st in the vault, and Justin de Leon who landed a 32nd place finish in the floor exercises.